During the MSc Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis, you will learn from one of the world's leading experts in crowd safety Prof. Dr. Keith Still. The course will allow you to work with your site, events, venues and case studies. Prof. Still will demonstrate the principles and applications of crowd safety and risk analysis for your event, for example, how and when your crowd reaches critical mass, how the effects of design, information and management systems can influence your crowd's behaviour.
This course will take you from a basic understanding of crowd safety and risk analysis in places of public assembly and work through the principles of major accident and incident causes. You will gain an in-depth understanding of crowd safety and crowd risks in the built and complex environment, establish how crowd accidents and incidents can occur, explore the underlying causes of crowd related accidents and incidences, and learn how to implement techniques for crowd safety engineering. You will also be made aware of essential legal obligations relevant to this industry.
This course is for those who need to understand crowd safety including professionals who are involved in managing large numbers such as venue managers, events organisers or attraction managers. This course is transferable to the hospitality and tourism industries and suitable for applicants wishing to engage in professional development.
Students wanting to undertake this course must either have an undergraduate degree award of 2:1 or above, have been working within the crowd industry with substantial experience or have undertaken the short course in crowd safety and risk analysis. The induction study time is a compulsory element to the course and students need to be aware of the additional costs of transportation to attend, accommodation and food and drink for that week. Students will not be able to embark upon the course without attending this element of the course. This is for 3 days for first years, 2 days for second and third years.
- Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th September 2017
- Second Years: Thursday 14th - Friday 15th September 2017
- Third Years: Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th September 2017
These are full days so depending on travel students may need to travel to Manchester on the 10th.
3 years distance learning
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1410 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2400 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Compulsory Estimate: £70 (Specialist book)
Optional Estimate: £400
Compsulsory Estimate: £35-55 per night is the approximate average accommodation cost based on a 2 star basis.
Features and benefits of the course
- Part-time, distance learning course, Involving one induction period at the beginning of each year of study.
- You will be provided with all study materials via online resources.
- This course is transferable to a number of industries and suitable for applicants wishing to engage in professional development.
Our Staff: Keith Still
Keith is the Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) running an MSc programme in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis.
He develops and teaches a wide range of crowd safety and crowd risk analysis short courses for event organisers, police, first responders, emergency planners, city authorities, building control and licensing officers. His courses have run at the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, Universities and client sites around the world for over 25 years. Over the last two decades, Keith has consulted on some of the world's largest, and most challenging crowd safety projects in the world.
Keith Still Staff Profile
What our students say
“I do not believe the value of the opportunity to work on live projects for real clients can be overstated. This ‘enterprise’ element of the course should be a key driver for recruitment going forward. The reality is that some students will be drawn to the course for that sole reason – the opportunity to work on real projects on an international basis with colleagues on the course.” - Year 1 Student
“The industry needs people already working in it full-time and running events to go on the MSc. It needs to help raise the qualification level of those already IN the industry more so, in my opinion, than aim to equip those heading into it. I think both can be done and over time the balance will naturally shift.” - Year 2 Student
About the course
Crowd and Event Modelling
Major Incidents and Accident Investigation
Real-Time Decision Support Tools
Typical units of study may include
Crowd and Event Modelling
Crowd and Event Modelling uses crowd science and introduces the student to the use and application of crowd simulations for more complex environments (such as religious festivals, mass gatherings in city streets, transport systems and sporting events).
Crowd Science outlines the uses and applications of the crowd and event modelling approach to risk analysis. In this unit we demonstrate the applications of the DIM-ICE meta model, RAMP Analysis, Risk and Congestion Mapping, and Decision support matrix/analysis methods. By the end of this unit, you will be modelling crowd risks for events.
Major Incidents and Accident Investigations
Major Incident and Accident Investigation reviews previous accidents and incidents involving crowds. You will be introduced to the liability and legal aspects of a major incident and the disaster database where common causes are reviewed. You will also be introduced to the role and responsibility of an expert witness involved in crowd related injuries.
Real-Time Decision Support Tools
Real-time Decision Support reviews the requirements for a control room to evaluate crowds risks in real-time. You will create and use two key systems; the first for real-time fill prediction and the second for real-time evacuation crowd management.
The Dissertation is an individual choice (with Tutor's guidance) of a crowd risk and safety research project to produce a report and analysis utilising the core units in the MSc.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assignments include review articles, case studies and an independent
dissertation. You will be able to use your own events experience in
assignments to demonstrate self-directed application of learning.
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/tehm/our-staff/
Why study in Manchester?
Why choose Manchester?
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. A thriving hub for industry and ingenuity, Manchester has a rich and diverse history celebrating a community of innovators and entrepreneurs. Manchester is home to a thriving arts and culture scene with a vast selection of galleries, museums, festivals and events throughout the city. Our Manchester campus is located a short walk from the city centre, giving you easy access to an extensive array of food, drink and retail outlets. Internationally recognised according to The Global Liveability Survey 2015 as the best UK city to live in, Manchester is a truly unique city for postgraduate study.
Why study at Manchester Metropolitan University?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 120 countries and has a strong global presence. The University’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise.
A multi-million pound investment has created fantastic facilities at the centre of the University's main Manchester campus. All our programmes are delivered in a modern learning environment with interactive lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Our dedicated study zones and 24/7 library are equipped with the latest technology and specialist equipment to ensure you get the most out of your studies.
University Life: A community of over 36,000 students
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are ran by the Student Union. This includes a number of sport and special interest societies and the International Society. Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. That’s why Manchester was voted the UK’s most liveable city in 2015.
Typical entry requirements
Any UK Honours undergraduate degree with 2:2 or higher (or international equivalent). Entry may also be considered on the ability to demonstrate extensive industry experience with managing crowds, managerial experience linked to crowds or employment within a position of considerable responsibility.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
How do I apply for this course?
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Career options after the course
Graduates will be qualified to enter a range of international organisations as crowd safety specialists and will be equipped to become consultants in this focused area of international events management.
This Master’s also enables you to move into the events sector from other career backgrounds.
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